Where is |DataDirectory| defined?

asp.net-mvc database entity-framework sql vwdexpress


This is a follow up question of Where is that file on my system?

Tons of questions and answers all over SO and the internet but I can't find any that gives an answer to this specific question.

All is default but I can't find the file itself,


Where/how gets |DataDirectory| defined?

Where is the file saved, does it even exist? If not, what is going on?

edit: The file isn't located at AppDomain.CurrentDomain.GetData("DataDirectory").ToString(); all (sqattered) answers tell me it should be. It must be somewhere as the debugger breaks nagging about the model unequals the table when I change the model. It's not there.

5/23/2017 12:25:45 PM

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The |DataDirectory| isn't a file per se. A quote from this rather old MSDN article (read the full article for details):

By default, the |DataDirectory| variable will be expanded as follow:

  • For applications placed in a directory on the user machine, this will be the app's (.exe) folder.
  • For apps running under ClickOnce, this will be a special data folder created by ClickOnce
  • For Web apps, this will be the App_Data folder

Under the hood, the value for |DataDirectory| simply comes from a property on the app domain. It is possible to change that value and override the default behavior by doing this:

AppDomain.CurrentDomain.SetData("DataDirectory", newpath)

A further quote regarding your schema inconsistencies:

One of the things to know when working with local database files is that they are treated as any other content files. For desktop projects, it means that by default, the database file will be copied to the output folder (aka bin) each time the project is built. After F5, here's what it would look like on disk





At design-time, MyProject\Data.mdf is used by the data tools. At run-time, the app will be using the database under the output folder. As a result of the copy, many people have the impression that the app did not save the data to the database file. In fact, this is simply because there are two copies of the data file involved. Same applies when looking at the schema/data through the database explorer. The tools are using the copy in the project, not the one in the bin folder.

9/5/2012 7:36:12 AM

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